NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Five-hundred bikes laid broken and unused at a NOPD warehouse, taking up a lot of room.
On Tuesday, inmates from Angola Prison picked them up. They’re volunteering their time to fix them so they might be given back to children and people in need.
Hayward Jones is in prison for life.
But he’s using his time to make sure other inmates learn their lesson and don’t get sent back after being released.
“There’s always a stigma, ‘oh you’re just like me.’ But it’s bigger than that. Not only do I have experience to hear about, I have a life to share and I have something to offer you, if you want it,” said Jones.
The bikes are all part of breaking the cycle as he sees it.
It works threefold. Inmates get to give back to the community, get to mentor younger men to stay out of prison, and by fixing the bikes and giving them away they’re hopefully providing opportunity for someone to get a job that keeps them from going to jail.
“I don’t want to see someone go through the same childhood struggles, I don’t want to see someone end up with a life sentence like me,” said Jones.